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Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Down

The intake of fruits and vegetables in the U.S. has dropped since 2004.

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Fruit and vegetable consumption

10%. This is the drop in daily fruit and vegetable consumption among a range of American age groups since 2004, according to State of the Plate research conducted by the Produce for Better Health Foundation. The report shows that most Americans currently eat fruits and vegetables just once each day—or even less often than that. Vegetable consumption has seen the most significant decline, with a 16% drop in frequency. Despite decades of public health efforts, America’s produce intake continues to be rotten.

See also: 5 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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